I am Canadian through and through my friend I was raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, which is exactly 1 hour away from North Dakota, but now I live in Calgary, Alberta which is about 2.5 hours to the border. If things go the way things are going now, if there is a meet up close to Colorado or anything like that, I could easily make my way down and hock my goods I bet its just plasti-dipped. A quick slice and it'll be off. You could shorten it and drill a hold on either end and wrap it with gutted orange or day glow paracord. That'll give you the grip and the colour back, with out the stiction of the elastomer.